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If you live in or care about Galveston Island, it might be worth your while to mark off this coming Monday on your calendar. At 6:30 p.m. at the Galveston Country Club, the managing director of the Marquette Companies will be on hand to discuss the latest huge housing development on the west end of the island.

The development will be, in the words of Jerry Mohn, president of the West Galveston Island Property Owners Association, “one of the largest land deals in Galveston history.”

“The Preserve at West Beach” will cover more than 1,000 acres between 8 Mile and 11 Mile roads and include two 16-story residential towers. Mohn, whose group has taken the side of development against environmentalists in the past, also says the 4,000-unit project will include the largest set-aside of land for conservation purposes in Galveston history.

Anyone who’s enjoyed the relatively sparse west end of Galveston can chime in, along with, we guess, anyone who thinks there’s a need to build more huge projects approximately six inches above sea level in a hurricane zone. For additional information you can call the property association at 409-737-5768. – Richard Connelly

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